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Bronson (2009)

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Critic Consensus: Undeniably gripping, Bronson forces the viewer to make some hard decisions about where the line between art and exploitation lies.

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In 1974, a misguided 19 year old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. With an intelligent, provocative and stylized approach, "Bronson" (based on a true story) follows the metamorphosis of Mickey Peterson into Britain's most dangerous prisoner, Charles Bronson.

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Cast

Tom Hardy
as Michael Peterson/Charles Bronson
Matt King
as Paul Daniels (Boxing Promoter)
Hugh Ross
as Uncle Jack
James Lance
as Art Teacher
Amanda Burton
as Michael Peterson's Mother
Hugh R. Ross
as Uncle Jack
Jonny Phillips
as Prison Governor
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All Critics (79) | Top Critics (24)

This is psychotic behavior as performance art, and Hardy makes it irresistible.

January 22, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Arizona Republic
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Part literate black comedy, part surrealistic character study, part horror movie, Bronson is a sophisticated confection, rich and dark, sprinkled with bitter little jokes.

January 21, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Itâ(TM)s a meditation on the art of rage -- an action painting passing itself off as an action movie.

November 24, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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"Nuffin' wonky about my upbringing," Bronson says, early on. Nothing wonky about Hardy's performance, either.

November 5, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Tribune
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A pointless exercise in morbidity.

October 30, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
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Bronson is one of those "based on a true story" dramatizations where the theatrically staged drama only gets in the way of the more interesting truth.

October 30, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for Bronson

½

A very arty look (a nod to All That Jazz is not inappropriate) at a knucklehead sociopath who was Britain's most violent prisoner. Hardy is good at it, but the gist is rather horrorshow on the ultraviolence side (nod to Kubrick's masterpiece also appropriate).

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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½

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Directors Cat

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½

An ultra-stylish, visceral, electrifying and explosive thrill-ride that's an acid trip into one man's own personal chaos and brutal nature. A bold, beautifully crafted, provocative and intensely entertaining movie. It's an awesome slam of brutal violence, masculine ego and great music. A spectacular and amazing film that shines with mind-blowing velocity. It's explosively hilarious, pulse-pounding and utterly furious. A stunning work of art with great style and compelling storytelling. It's frequently funny and action-packed. A bare-knuckle and very brutal knockout. A dazzling tour de force from Tom Hardy, he gives a incredible and unforgettable movie star performance that shines of Oscar pedigree. Hardy is just flat-out brilliant who manages to be chilling, exhilarating and mind-blowing all at once, probably crafting one of the best screen performances I have ever seen. Director, Nicolas Winding Refn crafts a bold, bloody, enthusiastic and top-notch masterpiece. Movies like this should not be missed. A real instant classic.

Al S
Al S

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